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Puzzling New South Wales 1/2d Green Postage Due

 
 
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Posted 06/26/2019   09:14 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add jimjamtwo to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I haven't seen a NSW postage due with such a pale shade before (even paler than the scan makes it look in fact). Could this be a dry ink variety? Thoughts anyone?

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Posted 06/26/2019   09:37 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Petert4522 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Too long a vacation on the beach ?

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Posted 06/26/2019   10:28 am  Show Profile Check revenuecollector's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add revenuecollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Changeling due to environmental conditions would be my first guess.
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Posted 06/26/2019   1:10 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Rob041256 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I doubt if it's a variety, more likely chemically altered or a changeling.
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Posted 06/26/2019   5:00 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add codehappy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Too much UV light, I think.
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Posted 06/27/2019   07:53 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add finches to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Jimjamtwo...
I'll back Rob041256. Suspect someone's experimented/fiddled with solvents or bleach in distilled water etc.
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Posted 06/28/2019   01:27 am  Show Profile Check fairdinkumstamps's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add fairdinkumstamps to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
These stamps were issued green (no scarlet or rosine).

They have fugitive ink, so if your stamp has no gum it has probably been soaked and lost much of the green to the water.
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Fairdinkumstamps...

Apologies to members ...edited out.
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I did some research on fugitive ink and they were used as a deterrent to anyone attempting to alter the stamp, when immersed in water the ink fades preventing any removal of fiscal pen cancellations.

But I cannot see any cancellations of any type to support the stamp having fugitive ink deployed, as it looks unused, fugitive ink being deployed would have kept visible remnants of a cancellation remaining on the stamp.

I believe it was a changeling, as the ink faded due to exposure to a strong light or to some natural or not so natural chemical reaction.

As it seems to be unused and there is no gum, the missing gum is mostly due to rust or toning on the gum being removed to save the stamp, I have seen many unused stamps, especially from the Victorian era missing its gum, it's a common sight as a result of this.

Of course on the other hand if the stamp was immersed in water to remove the gum (there is a better way to remove the gum without immersing it in water), it would activate the fugitive ink.

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